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With the following headline chosen by the Verge: “Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand“, you’d think they wouldn’t go on to quote the struggling Goliath as saying:

We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan.

Who are the Verge trying to fool? All this means, is that Internet Explorer (and all previous incarnations) will continue to exist. Project Spartan will just be an additional browser, joining us at the bottom of our test suite.

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Star Wars fans, and especially those with young Star Wars fans, may enjoy this Millennium Falcon drone in flight. I know me and mine did.

Santana aims for another comeback. As much as I dislike locker rooms, I love this locker room welcoming:

Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the celebration from Santana’s no-hitter with the New York Mets in June 2012, arguably the finest moment in his baseball career.

Swamped

Icon Factory is now open for business. — I thought the typical path was to go from many clients to none, not the other way around. It just goes to show you, there’s nothing wrong with having clients.

Google search is constantly getting smarter. Well, it has been smart for quite some time. This autocomplete of search results feature was added way back in 2009. I swear, I just noticed this in the wild last week. And the Google Operating System blog only reported on it recently.

Carl Icahn just recently saved my father-in-law’s job at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. Not just his job, but thousands of jobs. That doesn’t mean I like the guy. Icahn, that is. My father-in-law is fantastic. But, there is a lot of work to be done around the house, so perhaps letting the Taj go bankrupt wouldn’t have been the worst thing to happen. At any rate, it turns out Icahn is one of Apple’s 10 biggest shareholders. So that’s where his wealth is coming from.

The Making and Effectiveness of an App Preview — David Smith dives into the sales numbers of his iOS app, Pedometer++ after adding an preview video.

Apple Watch developers discuss their plans.

Socially Lacking

Twitter Buys Niche, a Social Media Talent Agency, for at Least $30 Million

This move means that Twitter is now the owner of a social media talent agency.

Talent? And all this time, we thought tweets are meaningless. It turns out… they are! Being a publicly traded company and all, Twitter is open to monetization ideas, this purchase makes that clear.

The self-promotion platform that thought it could.

Gone Phishin’

Last summer, Gmail added support for Latin characters. It turns out, they’re pretty useful for spammers getting their phish on.

Be careful with this message. Someone might be trying to trick you by using similar-looking characters (such as Σ and E) in the email addresses contained in this message.

So let me get this straight. I’m not only supposed to read an email’s from address, but I’m supposed to pay special attention to each character?

My father once left himself logged in to Paypal on a library computer, losing all of $30. God knows what he’s been clicking on these days.

99% Invisible

There’s been some great podcasting going on at 99% Invisible. The recent Of Mice and Men episode covers the “keyset”, an alternative to the keyboard as an input device. If the keyset wasn’t so difficult to use we could have even greater control of our computer overlords.

Why shouldn’t we take the time learn, if the results are superior? Are we missing out by putting so much emphasis on ease-of-use?

Even Doug Engelbart realized that learning the keyset was difficult. But for Engelbart, ease of use wasn’t the top priority. He wanted the computer inputs to be as powerful possible, and that required some complexity. He imagined that consumers would learn how to use the mouse and keyset slowly over time, like how one learns to operate a car.

You may have caught Doug Engelbert on You Tube in the past. He’s the presenter of the Mother of All Demos. In this pioneering demonstration Engelbert has developed the 2015 computing status-quo, in the year 1968.

Some other recent 99% Invisible standouts include:
Octothorpe (the history of the # sign)
The Sizzle
Lights Out

Jihad and More!

From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria — What a fascinating story (with video!) of a young man who decides to join Isis.

There is no single path that leads to jihad, but in exploring Mr. Yaken’s life, signposts emerge. There are influences familiar and easy to discuss, like a lack of economic opportunity and a renewed sense of political alienation, especially among youths.

On a lighter note, Alto’s Adventure looks like a beautiful iOS game.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time – This movie should get made!

A Few

Apparently people have been using pinch-to-zoom on their desktop browsers? Which actually may not be that crazy, since those Apple laptops sell pretty well. Not surprisingly, Chrome’s pinch-to-zoom wasn’t as smooth as Safari’s. The latest Chrome Canary aims to fix that.

Also news to me, the Internet Archive has an entire Archived Software Library, which is pretty rad, if you’re into that sort of thing. It looks like now, those archived pieces of software (read: games) are now embeddable. Pretty rad, again, if you’re into that sort of thing. Note: The embedded games seem to have mixed results. But what a concept! Next on their list: Export a game as HTML5. Just kidding.

If you didn’t buy the in-app purchase of the full toolset in Paper, way back when, all the Paper tools are now available for free.